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An excerpt from the Dis-Orientation Guide 2010-2011, a student-produced guide to Washington University School of Medicine
Flying in to St. Louis
One word: Southwest. If this airline flies to your home base, or wherever else you are headed, it is seriously the way to go. Now that Southwest Airlines has made St. Louis one of its major hubs, it has added a lot of new destinations as well. The flights are cheap, the attendants are friendly, and there are no luggage fees. Be careful though; Southwest does not advertise on search engines like Expedia, so if you want to compare prices, you have to go to the Southwest website. Regardless of which airline you are flying, St. Louis airport is generally a breeze. The lines are rarely long, the weather here generally doesn't cause a lot of delays, and there are a decent amount of domestic and international flights leaving every day. So whether you are going home, visiting a significant other, or just getting away for the weekend, you should have no problem flying out of St. Louis.

Whitney Grither, WUMS I
"One of the most rewarding aspects of coming to Wash U is that I get to hang out with people who have amazingly diverse interests and skills."Joe Planer
Third-year MD/PhD student


Requirements for Admission

Standards for admission are high. Applicants are expected to possess high character, aptitude, integrity and motivation suitable for a career in medicine. Other personal attributes considered include strong communication skills, extracurricular accomplishments and balanced life style including hobbies and recreational interests.

Academic Requirements

Medical College Admissions Test: Must be completed before an application is considered. We accept MCAT results that are up to three years old at the time of application. Thus, when applying for the 2015 first-year class, MCAT test dates must be no older than April 2011.

Hours of undergraduate study: At least 90 semester hours must be completed before matriculation.

Required course work: A minimum of one year or equivalent advanced placement in

  • Biology
  • General or inorganic chemistry
  • Organic chemistry*
  • Physics
  • Calculus through integral and differential equations**

Possible substitutions:
* One semester of biochemistry can be substituted for one semester of organic chemistry.
** Statistics can be substituted for one semester of calculus. In selected instances, one or more of these prerequisites may be waived by the Committee on Admissions.

A course in biochemistry, though not required, is encouraged.

Majors and areas of study: No single major is preferred. Although many applicants will have majored in science, engineering or math, applications from those who have majored in the humanities, social sciences or the arts are equally welcome.